Future of work

Funding is provided for projects that deal with the introduction of new technologies and their impact on employers and employees in working environments.

  • Universities, research institutions, companies and transfer partners work together in joint R&D-projects. This fosters an appropriate transfer from research to application.
  • Projects that specifically address regional characteristics and needs are supported, as well as projects that bring together the best actors on a supraregional level.
  • A continuous funding line, "Innovative Working Environments in SMEs" (Innovative Arbeitswelten im Mittelstand), is designed to specifically address the challenges that face German SMEs.
  • The focus is on the sustainable design of the working worlds of the future in the context of social and technological change
  • Competence acquisition or competence management is a central cross-cutting theme of the programme.

Future of work ("Zukunft der Arbeit") is the successor programme of the same name to the ESF funding period 2014-2020.

Profile of the programme

Target group
  • Universities
  • Associations
  • Enterprises

Non-university research institutions, Chambers, Trade unions

Implementation period

2023.01.01 - 2029.12.31

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Funding priority

3: Investment in general and vocational education and training and lifelong learning

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Additional Information


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Referat 521
Dr. Henning Krassen

Heinemannstrasse  2
53175 Bonn



Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA)
Karlsruher Institut für
Technologie (KIT)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Dr.-Ing. Paul Armbruster
(Digitalisierung und Arbeitswelt)
Tel.: 0721 608-26209

Dr.-Ing. Alexander Lucumi
(Innovationen für die Arbeit)
Tel.: 0721 608-28308